‘Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’ (Exodus 20:7)

‘Taking the Lord’s name in vain’ is not about using God’s name in profanity . . . it is about claiming to be a Christian (or Jew), yet not living in accord with The Covenant you claim to be under.

‘Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They PROFESS THAT THEY KNOW GOD; but IN WORKS THEY DENY [HIM], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.’ (Titus 1:15-16)

Israelites who claimed to be under the ‘Old Covenant’ but didn’t keep it . . . a Christian who claims to be under the ‘New Covenant’ but doesn’t keep it . . . both are guilty of breaking a blood covenant.

Christianity is a BLOOD covenant we entered into, and promised to uphold (this is why Jesus first told us to ‘count the cost’, before making that commitment). There are responsibilities and expectations for both parties to a covenant.

‘But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:’ (1 Peter 2:9)

‘Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.’ (Titus 2:14)

‘Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:’ (Hebrews 12:14)

We are to be walking in God’s light, living in purity . . . holiness . . . and eagerly doing good works.

Contrast this again with Titus 1:16:

‘They PROFESS THAT THEY KNOW GOD; but IN WORKS THEY DENY [HIM], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.’

If we do not uphold our end of the covenant, we are counting as nothing, the blood that sealed the covenant. In the case of a Christian, it is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

When a professing Christians lives sinfully

‘Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?’ (Hebrews 10:29)

If you are guilty of taking God’s name in vain: repent!! There is grace for those who, in humility, turn from their sins and plead with God for forgiveness.

But if you do not INTEND or desire to live for Christ, then ask God to release you from the covenant. Don’t go on breaking it and bringing yourself under further condemnation. Don’t continue to cause unbelievers to blaspheme the name of God because of your unholy example. The punishment for those who do so will be much greater.